May 29th, 2015

Father's Day Gift Guide: Travel Gifts for Dad

Father's Day Gift Guide: Travel Gifts for Dad


Repeat after me: Dad does not need another set of golf balls. After years of pre-packaged Father’s Day gift sets, he has enough to fill even the deepest water hazard at his favorite course. It’s time to think beyond the green.

If your dad loves to travel half as much as you do, he’s going to love a “dad-cation” gift even more than a set of personalized golf balls reading “World’s Best Dad”—or anything reading “World’s Best Dad,” really. This Father’s Day, check out these eight gifts for dads who love to travel, no matter where their adventures take them.

For the Camping Dad

Treat your outdoorsy dad to a Biolite Campstove ($130), and he can do more with his campfire than just heat up a can of beans. This ingenious little device contains a compartment that allows you to start a fire and then converts the campfire’s heat into electricity that can charge any device with a USB hookup. No gas fuel or solar energy is required for the Biolite Campstove: Sticks and twigs collected along the way are enough to start the fire of this lightweight, compact camping accessory. A fire that charges his iPhone and roasts marshmallows? That sure beats the tie you got him last year.

For the Techy Traveler

Dad has come a long way since the days when he struggled to program the VCR. Your now tech-savvy pops has every device imaginable, and will not leave home without them. Help him keep all the cords, chargers, and adapters organized in Eagle Creek's eTools Organizer Pro ($35). He’ll love this gift so much that maybe he’ll reward you with an Instagram follow.

For the Frequent Flying Father

Your childhood may have been noisy, but your dad’s flights can be nice and quiet with this thoughtful gift. Make up for all the times that you may have caused him to yell, “Keep that racket down!” with Bose Quiet Comfort 20 headphones ($300), which are in-ear, noise-cancelling headphones. Peace and quiet doesn’t come cheap, but you probably owe him, since he endured your pots-and-pans performances over the years.

For the Working Man

If retirement is still a ways away for your not-so-old man, give him the type of briefcase that he can take from the boardroom to boarding. The Convertabrief ($175) from Eagle Creek will make your dad’s business trips a breeze with convertible backpack straps, padded sleeves for laptops and tablets, and a phone pouch.

For Pops Who Still Wear Crocs

Give your dad a more stylish street shoe for his travels abroad—or even just trips to the grocery store—and maybe he’ll ditch those rubber monstrosities for good. Make it easier for him to pry those beloved slip-ons from his stubborn feet by giving him a new shoe that’s just as comfortable, such as the Base Camp Lite Slip-On by The North Face ($60).

For the Dad Who Still Can’t Iron

The older he gets, the less he appreciates being called “wrinkled”—even when the term refers to his clothing, rather than his face. If your dad can’t be trusted to pull out the iron on vacation (or…ever), he can preserve his pressed clothing in the Pack-It™ Garment Folder Medium ($28). The Pack-It™ System staple not only minimizes wrinkles, but compresses items to make the most of luggage real estate.

For the Fisherman

The jelly-of-the-month club may have been a dud, but don’t give up on all monthly delivery subscriptions. If your dad’s vacations are of the fishing variety, upgrade his fishing supplies with a Tackle Grab subscription (prices range from $19 for a one-month subscription to $180 for a full year). Dad will receive monthly deliveries of high-end bait and tackle that are personalized to his fishing needs.

For the Distinguished Dad

If GQ did a “Dad” edition, yours would grace the cover. After all, the words “vacation beard” are simply not in his vocabulary. Your well-groomed dad can continue looking sharp on the road when he loads his grooming supplies into the Pack-It™ Bi-Tech™ On Board ($45). This hanging toiletry kit even has a shatterproof mirror so he can confirm that he looks smooth wherever his adventures take him .

Need more gift ideas for your traveling dad? Check out Eagle Creek’s  Travel Necessities  for more gifts that any traveler will appreciate.

Caila Ball-Dionne is a freelance writer and full-time travel enthusiast. You can find more of her writing at

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by Caila Ball-Dionne

Caila Ball-Dionne is a freelance writer and full-time travel enthusiast. You can find more of her writing at